The Anambra government says plans are underway to build six new modern abattoirs in three senatorial districts of the state.
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra made this known when he inspected a FGN-UNDP project in Awka on Tuesday.
“The era of buying meat in a dirty environment is what we want to curb once and for all.
“We are going to do these abattoirs in six locations in the three senatorial zones.
”This abattoir behind me has the capacity to slaughter and prepare 40 cows per day. And that is about the meat consumption in this city, in this environment, in a day. It will replace the old and dilapidated abattoir.”
Obiano said the state would ensure that the abattoirs meet international health and environment standards.
The Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Mark Okoye, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the project sited on a one-hectare land would create over 120 direct jobs.
Okoye said funding for the project was collaboration between the state government and UNDP and it will manage by private investors.
The representative of the UNDP in the state, Ms Nneka Onwudiwe, assured the people of the organisation’s continued collaboration with the state government in all human endeavours.
NAN reports that Obiano in October 2015 performed the foundation laying ceremony for the project estimated at N55.20 billion.